Deepika Padukone at Cannes 2019 and the frill seekers of fashion

Giambattista Valli's fluffy dresses have been a fixture in the Italian designer’s haute couture collections for the past few years, and stars like Rihanna, J Lo and Deepika Padukone are reveling in their poofy whimsicality.


Rihanna wore it back in 2017. Last year, J Lo wore a hotter, pinker version of it for the premiere of her movie Second Act. OTT outfits have been a fashion staple for the stars, so we were not at all surprised when the Bollywood poster-girl of “extra on the red carpet” Deepika Padukone chose a similarly ultra-puffy (and neon green, because why not?) Giambattista Valli Haute Couture gown for her second appearance at the Cannes red carpet this month. Padukone’s satin pink turban accentuated the pink bow on her dress and gave out some serious Carmen Miranda vibes. Which isn’t a bad thing, per se.

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Rihanna (2017) and J Lo (2018) in Gimabattista Valli creations
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Deepika Padukone in Giambattista Valli at Cannes 2019

And while the neon green of her tulle gown didn’t make her look as princess-y as Kacey Musgraves in her pink Valli gown at the 2019 Oscars or as much of a fluffy cloud as Lana Candor at the Met Gala a couple of weeks back, it was still quintessentially Giambattista Valli – whimsical, feminine, statement-making and perfect for Cannes.

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Kacey Musgraves and Lana Candor in Valli’s puffy dresses

These fluffy dresses have been a fixture in the Italian designer’s haute couture collections for the past few years. His Fall/Winter 2019-20 collection had at least a dozen such designs, including the dresses worn by Musgraves and Candor. And while Rihanna, J Lo, Musgraves, Candor and Araya Hargate (in her gorgeous canary yellow Giambattista Valli gown at Cannes last year) all won rave reviews for their sartorial choices, Padukone’s outfit was a bit more divisively received by the fashion world this time round.

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Araya Hargate at Cannes in 2018

Being called a “tall loofah” certainly isn’t flattering, but we’re sure she doesn’t give a hoot about what people think of her outfits when she’s getting paid to travel to the French Riviera, wear designer gowns and be the spokesmodel for a legacy brand like L’Oreal. You keep doing you, Padukone!